On a recent visit to the high school from which I graduated (now, nearly half a decade ago) I reminisced with a former English teacher of mine about the best books assigned in High School English classes. He favored The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien; a collection of interconnected stories chronicling the experiences of a platoon of American soldiers during the Vietnam War (characterized by the often visceral, graphic images put forth by the author). While I appreciated the effortless imagery devised by O'Brien even as a high school sophomore, my tastes tended more towards Austen and Forster at the time. I recounted to him the story of one winter break during which I spent nearly every hour of the day curled up in a dilapidated arm chair next to a space heater with a cup of hot cocoa and a blanket, totally immersed in Pride and Prejudice. It was the first period novel I ever read and it kicked off a marathon which included several of Austen's other books as well as novels by the Bronte sisters and Forster's A Room With a View. It was in High School that my love of reading really flourished and my tastes evolved into something resembling what they are today. Adolescence is often a time of self-discovery, and discovering one's self as a reader is one of many revelations a person might have during that phase of his or her life.
Personally, I find reminiscing on, or even rereading the books which spoke to me at such a pivotal time in my life very grounding, as if i were being drawn back to a simpler time.
Here are some great summer books you might want to reread (and if you haven't read them before, get on it--they're classics!).